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Counseling Techniques for Substance Use Disorders

Co-occurring alcohol and drug use disorders affect 1 out of every 8 adults, nationwide. Pre-pandemic, in 2017, 8.5 million Americans had a co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder (SUD), the two most common being alcohol (2.3 million) and marijuana (3.5 million).

Here in Idaho, it is expected that we will see a 13% increase in the need for substance use disorder counselors by 2026. Idaho currently ranks fifth in the nation for pain reliever misuse by people over the age of 12.

ECHO Idaho’s Counseling Techniques for Substance Use Disorders helps counselors and clinicians provide high-quality SUD care in their own communities, an important factor for people struggling with addiction. SUD education can help reduce costs to society and improve public health; SUDs can cost more that $740 billion annually in healthcare expenses, lost workplace productivity and crime-related costs.

Participating in this series means you will learn best practices in SUD treatment, receive detailed feedback on challenging client cases and collaborate with other professionals across the state to identify approaches and resources for advancing client care. You can also receive free credit hours to satisfy CEU requirements as established for SUD clinicians and therapists.

When

Virtual sessions meet first and third Thursdays

11 a.m. to noon Pacific time / Noon to 1 p.m. Mountain time

ECHO Idaho's full series schedule is available here.

Audience

Designed for bachelor and master-level counselors (LCSW, LCPC, LMSW, LPC, CADC, etc.), this series is also open to others in the treatment field including physicians, recovery coaches, case managers, etc.

Cost

Participation in ECHO Idaho is free for clinicians and organizations.

Register

Please register here for the ongoing sessions.

Once you register, you’ll receive convenient, day-of Zoom access direct to your inbox – join us as your schedule allows.

You’ll have the opportunity to claim free CEUs up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and receive a certificate of attendance by completing a survey for each live session attended.

Although we currently offer only AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses recognizes the University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program as an approved provider of continuing education for social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists. To be considered continuing education, the session(s) are required to be germane to your practice.

Benefits

  • Professional Development: Participants gain new skills and competencies for managing clients with SUDs.
  • Creating Community: Clinician teams can increase professional satisfaction and decrease isolation, thus creating a sense of community.
  • Increased Patient Satisfaction: Clients can be seen regularly by their trusted clinician in their own community instead of risking relapse awaiting appointments or traveling long distances to be seen by a specialist.
  • Improved Quality of Care: Healthcare professionals who participate in ECHO increase their knowledge and self-efficacy.
  • No-Cost CEU: ECHO Idaho offers free continuing education units for attending live sessions. To claim continuing education credit and provide feedback, please complete this post-session evaluation survey.

The University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program designates each live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social workers (ACADC, LCSW, LCPC, LMSW, LPC, etc.), counselors and therapists, addiction professionals (CADC, ISAS) and others: Learn how ECHO Idaho can help support your continuing education needs here.


ECHO Idaho is led by the University of Idaho and the WWAMI Medical Education Program. 

Contact Project ECHO

Physical Address:

Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street, Ste. 222
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4698

Fax: 208-364-3178

Email: echoidaho@uidaho.edu